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UK-EU Trade Agreement

UK-Gibraltar-Spain agreement: December 2020

The recently agreed UK-EU Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU does not include Gibraltar.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Hon Fabian R Picardo QC MP, made a statement regarding the future relationship with the EU “The New Year’s Eve ‘In-Principle’ Agreement: A Post Brexit Deal for Gibraltar 31 December, 2020

My dear fellow Gibraltarians,

This New Year’s Eve, we can look forward with expectation and hope. We believe we may now be able to re-set our relationship with Spain and cast it in a more positive light going forward. After many months of hard work, we have reached an in principle agreement with the United Kingdom and Spain.

The agreement is for a proposed framework for a UK/European Union Agreement or Treaty on Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU. That agreement will govern the relationship between Gibraltar and the European Union in areas of EU competence. The British Ambassador in the UK Mission to the European Union has written to the President of the European Commission confirming the UK’s desire that such an agreement be negotiated and that the EU should seek a mandate for that purpose. Spain has confirmed that it has also now contacted the European Commission for that purpose.

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Political Declaration Withdrawal Agreement

UK response to Council statement on territorial scope

Letters from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary General of the Council and the Secretary General of the Commission on UK sovereignty over Gibraltar.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-response-to-council-minutes-statement-on-territorial-scope

The UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU has sent letters to the Secretary General of the Council and the Secretary General of the Commission to recall that the UK has no doubt about the sovereignty of the UK over Gibraltar. In addition, the UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes, nor enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.

These letters were sent in response to the letter of 24 November 2018 from the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission to the President of the Government of Spain, and in response to the Statement to the minutes of the European Council (Article 50) meeting on 25 November 2018 on the territorial scope of the future agreements to be concluded between the Union and the United Kingdom. The letters also restates that the UK will negotiate future agreements on behalf of all territories, including Gibraltar, for whose external relations it is responsible.

Letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary General of the Commission

Letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary General of the Council

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Political Declaration Withdrawal Agreement

Negotiations on the future relationship: territorial scope

Letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union on the territorial scope of the UK’s future agreements with the EU, and statement from Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/negotiations-on-the-future-relationship-territorial-scope

Government letter to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union on Article 184

The final provisions to the Withdrawal Agreement record the UK and the EU’s commitment to negotiate in good faith and conclude agreements envisaged by the Political Declaration on their future relationship within a certain time frame. The UK’s Permanent Representative has sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union setting out the UK’s interpretation of Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement, which is that it imposes no obligations regarding the territorial scope of future agreements. The letter also makes clear that the UK will negotiate future agreements on behalf of all territories for whose external relations it is responsible.

Government of Gibraltar Press Statement

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar welcomes the unwavering commitment of the United Kingdom that it will negotiate future trade and other arrangements with the EU that work for all of the British family of nations, including Gibraltar.

The deep and unbreakable bonds that bind the United Kingdom and Gibraltar together have not in any way, and will not be in any way, be diluted as a result of our common departure from the EU.

Brexit will have no effect on the British sovereignty of Gibraltar and the waters that surround it.

Gibraltar is leaving the EU at the same time as the United Kingdom, despite having voted overwhelmingly to remain, because it is our relationship with Britain that guarantees our security, prosperity and the certainty of the rule of law.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar of her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: ‘Throughout our history we’ve stuck with Britain. After Brexit, we will stick with Britain in the future too. This is our most important relationship. And as the UK establishes new trading relationships around the world, we look forward to the opportunities that will come from the benefits of our common language, our common law and the ties that bind us with the Commonwealth of nations around the world.

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Theresa May call to Prime Minister Sanchez of Spain

Theresa May call to Prime Minister Sanchez of Spain on 21 November 2018

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain this evening.

She said there had been good engagement between the UK, the Government of Spain and the Government of Gibraltar in order to come to an agreement in the Withdrawal Agreement and associated package of Memoranda of Understanding relating to Gibraltar. She said that the UK and Government of Gibraltar looked forward to these discussions continuing as we discuss the future relationship.

The Prime Minister reiterated her commitment to agreeing a deal that works for the whole UK family including Gibraltar, the other UK Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies.